Best 21 Places To Visit In Morocco - Updated 2021

best places to visit in morocco

Outlining the spectacular Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, Morocco is a beautiful North African country that is distinguished by its European, Berber, and Arabian cultural influences. Snow-topped mighty massifs of the Rif and the Atlas spike from its backcountry. You simply cannot miss exploring exquisite riads (traditional Moroccan homes) and historic kasbahs. The 12th-century royal fort Kasbah of Udayas in the capital city Rabat overlooks the stunning water. Marrakesh, a famous Moroccan city, is home to gardens, palaces, and mosques. Amazing spice bazaars present in Fez to numerous fascinating souks of Marrakesh encourage tourists to have a wonderful shopping experience. Foodies can’t resist sampling spicy foods packed with dried fruits and cinnamon and having mint teas. Adventure enthusiasts love snow-skiing in the enchanting High Atlas and kitesurfing on the Atlantic shore. And, after learning how incredible Morocco is, you may long to explore this enchanting country, won’t you? Keep reading to learn about some of the best places to visit in Morocco to enrich your travel experience.

1. Chefchaouen

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Adorned by blue-washed buildings, Chefchaouen is a mesmerizing city in the breathtaking Rif Mountains of northwest Morocco. Weaving and leather workshops outline its cobbled steep lanes. You can find the red-walled, 15th-century Kasbah in Place Outa el Hammam’s main square. Do not miss visiting Chefchouen Ethnographic Museum when exploring this marvelous city. In the vicinity, you will find the towering octagonal minaret of the Great Mosque. Plan an excursion to the spectacular mountains of the Rif or on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Sample scrumptious Moroccan cuisines and shop beautiful souvenirs.

2. Ouarzazate (from USD 82.59)

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Gateway to the magnificent Sahara Desert, Ouarzazate is a Moroccan city located in the south of the High Atlas Mountains. It is home to Taourirt Kasbah, which houses a 19th-century palace, and offers you spectacular views of the rugged local landscape. Heading to the northwest of this city, you will find Aït Ben Haddou, a fortified red-earth city that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Make sure you visit rocky Todra Gorge in the northeast.

Ouarzazate Full-Day Tour from Marrakech with Lunch

Duration: 1 day

140 reviews

3. Essaouira (from USD 28.0)

Spend a pleasant day in the port city of Essaouira during your excursion in Morocco. You will find this seaside community and resort on the Atlantic shore of the country. The 18th-century waterfront ramparts, known as the Skala de la Kasbah, safeguard its medina (old town). Tour through the colorful bazaars and a center which features seafood restaurants and open-air cafes. If you are fond of thrilling water activities, do not miss enjoying the fun of surfing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing at the crescent beach.

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

Duration: 10 hours

10 reviews

4. Meknes (from USD 40.0)

Famous for its imperial past and home to remnants such as Bab Mansour, Meknes is an amazing city situated in northern Morocco. Bab Mansour is a large gate, adorned with mosaic tiling and arches, and it leads to the former imperial city. You will find spectacular courtyards and fountains in the Mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail. Explore the charming Medina of Meknes. In the vicinity of this city, you will find Volubilis, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s known for its ancient Roman-Berber ruins.

Small-Group Full-Day Meknes and Volubilis Tour from Fez

Duration: 8 hours

10 reviews

5. Rabat (from USD 70.45)

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Resting on the shores of the pleasant Bouregreg River and the spectacular Atlantic Ocean, Rabat is well-known as the capital of Morocco. It is popular for having landmarks that signify its Islamic & French-colonial heritage. Make sure you visit the Kasbah of the Udayas. Adorned by the formal French-designed beautiful gardens, this Berber-era grand fort overlooks the ocean. Do not miss visiting Rabat’s iconic Hassan Tower, which is a 12th-century minaret towering above a mosque’s ruins.

Rabat: Full-Day Trip from Casablanca

Duration: 6 hour

19 reviews

6. Tinghir

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Tinghir is a charming Moroccan town which is famous for its magnificent palm-groove and marvelous Todra Gorge. As you explore this town, visit various souks (markets), several old Kasbahs (fortresses), and old Ksar (castles). Make sure you do not miss visiting the mosque Ikelane and green orchards. As you tour through Tinghir, you will come across the extensive palm grove and the pottery of El Hart n’Iaamine. The Oasis Museum here is worth visiting and it enables you to understand the traditions of this region. Complete your excursion by exploring the popular Todra Gorge.

7. Asilah (from USD 90.0)

Plan to visit Asilah, a lovely coastal city on the Atlantic shore, during your sabbatical in Morocco. Well-maintained 15th-century ramparts and gates enclose its medina and old town. The medina of Asilah is famous as an art hub, and you can find several eye-catching murals here. The medina is also known for The Cultural Moussem of Asilah, a well-known annual festival. Do not miss buying beautiful souvenirs from here. Explore the pristine beaches which adorn this Moroccon city. Learn about the historic architecture and local culture of the city as you tour through it.

Asilah Guided Day Tour from Tangier

Duration: 6 hours

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8. Agadir (from USD 26.72)


In the foothills of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, Agadir is one of the most spectacular cities in Morocco which you should certainly explore. This resort destination is widely popular for its wide beautiful crescent beach, coastal promenade dotted with restaurants and cafes, and golf courses. Gaze at breathtaking scenic views of the marina from the Kasbah. If you are a history buff, learn about the ancient history of this region. Enjoy a wonderful shopping experience at a local souk.

Agadir City Discovery Half-Day Trip

Duration: 3 hour

115 reviews

9. Casablanca (from USD 42.51)


Casablanca is a prominent coastal city and a busy commercial hub, found in western Morocco, that greets numerous tourists and professionals every year. You can observe Casablanca’s French colonial legacy in its impressive downtown Mauresque architecture, which is an artistic blend of European art deco and Moorish style. The magnificent Hassan II Mosque, which stands partly above the water, is a prominent landmark in the city. Its 210-meter (688.97-foot) minaret is topped with lasers pointing at Mecca.

Private Half-Day Guided Tour of Casablanca

Duration: 4 hour

53 reviews

10. Marrakech (from USD 28.0)

Your trip to Morocco won’t be complete without visiting Marrakech, a beautiful city and a major economic center. Marrakech is home to beautiful gardens, majestic palaces, and mosques. Make sure you visit the medina and shop for traditional textiles, jewelry, and pottery. The 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque’s Moorish minaret is known as the symbol of this city, and you can view it even when you are miles away. Have a great time exploring this amazing Moroccan city.

Essaouira Day Trip from Marrakech

Duration: 10 hours

10 reviews

11. Fez (from USD 18.22)


Popular as the cultural capital of Morocco, Fez is a vibrant city that every traveler to Morocco should visit. It is primarily famous for its Fes El Bali walled medina graced by exquisite Marinid architecture, bustling souks, and old-world atmosphere. Explore medina’s intricate maze of streets. If you are fond of wooden art, make sure you visit the Nejjarine Museum of Wooden Arts and Crafts in Morocco. Besides these, Fez is home to religious schools, which include 14th-century Bou Inania and Al Attarine.

Fez Medina Guided Tour

Duration: 4 hour

310 reviews

12. Jebel Toubkal

At the peak of Toubkal 4,168 m
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If you are a trekker or mountain climber, you should not miss visiting Jebel Toubkal when holidaying in Morocco. Mount Toubkal is a 4167-meter (13671.26-foot) towering mountain peak situated in the Toubkal National Park in southwestern Morocco. It is famous as the highest peak in North Africa, the Atlas Mountains, and the Arab World. Take time out of your hectic travel schedule and enjoy trekking to the soaring peak of this breathtaking mountain. Capture jaw-dropping views from the summit, using your camera.

Jebel Toubkal

Address: Jebel Toubkal, Morocco

Website: Jebel Toubkal

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 6pm (closed on Sun)

Price: 192 USD per person for two days

13. Sidi Ifni

Vue partielle de Sidi Ifni
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Located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in southwest Morocco, Sidi Ifni is a wonderful Moroccan city that you should not miss exploring when here. The locals of this city have painted it blue and white, and you can see the peculiar color blend in their robes and turbans. Fishing is known to be the economic base of this beautiful city. The shores outlining the city are ideal for surfing, so you enjoy surfing on the swells of the Atlantic waves. Do not miss clicking your photos with the eye-catching backdrop at the Legzira beach.

14. Merzouga

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Plan an excursion to Merzouga, a small town in the Sahara Desert, when vacationing in Morocco. It is famous for being a gateway to a vast expanse of mounds of sand called Erg Chebbi. Gaze at the incredible dunes of sand. Heading to the west of this fascinating town, you will find Dayet Srji, a popular salt-lake that turns dry in the summer. When this lake is full of water, it receives a variety of desert and migratory birds, including Egyptian nightjars, desert warblers, and, at times, flamingos.


Address: Merzouga, Morocco

Website: Merzouga

15. El Jadida

El Jadida, Morocco. Fortress of El Jadida
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A charming port city adorning the Atlantic shore of Morocco, El Jadida is a great place to explore and learn about its history. It’s situated 100 kilometers (62.13 miles) in the south of Casablanca. Watch the great bulwarks which jut up from the ocean. Learn about the unique history of this colony of Portuguese. Have a refreshing mint tea at the seaside promenade and feel the breeze. Your trip to El Jadida won’t be complete without visiting beaches, as they are the prime reason for greeting tourists during the weekends in the summer.

16. Tangier (from USD 133.0)

An enchanting Moroccan port sitting on the Strait of Gibraltar, Tangier is famous for being a strategic gateway between two continents, namely Europe and Africa. Tour through its splendid white-washed, hillside medina, where you can find Dar el Makhzen, an outstanding palace of sultan which is now a worth-seeing museum of Moroccan artifacts. Also, visit the American Legation Museum, which is known to document early diplomatic relations between Morocco and the USA. Have a wonderful time cruising over the Strait of Gibraltar and watching sweeping views of the ocean.

Tangier, Morocco Day Trip from Costa del Sol

Duration: 13 hours

17. Oukaimeden

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Are you fond of skiing? If yes, make sure you visit Oukaimeden, a ski resort located in the Atlas Mountains close to Jebel Toubkal. Experience the fun of skiing about 2,600 meters (8530.18 feet) above the dusty landscape of the Sahara Desert, at Oukaimeden. It’s famous as the highest ski resort in entire Africa. As you tour through this region, you will find a series of drag lifts, five individual runs, rental facilities, and a ski school. Put on your ski equipment and glide on the snowy landscape as you view breathtaking vistas.


Address: P2030, Morocco

Website: Oukaimeden

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 18 USD for skiing equipment per day & 11 USD for life pass

18. Al Hoceima

Alhoceima Beach
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Sitting on the Mediterranean coast and the northern edge of the breathtaking Rif Mountains, Al Hoceima is a worth-visiting city in Morocco. This Riffian city is a charming place that is graced by shimmering beaches and golden sandy shore. Soak up in the sun above the shore and bask in its glory. Gaze at the spectacular grassy cliffs, carved gorges, marvelous seaside mountains, and other scenic natural attractions in the Moroccan paradise. Spend a relaxing time having a cup of tea at tea houses.

19. Taroudant

Taroudant Walls - May 2016
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Visit Taroudant, an incredible red-walled city that’s located in the Sous Valley. This enchanting city is also famous as ‘Grandmother of Marrakesh’, as it appears similar to a smaller Marrakesh along with its outlining ramparts. It is well-preserved within its spectacular ochre ramparts. Stroll on the medina’s labyrinthine alleyways. Do not miss visiting the souks to shop for pottery, terracotta, rugs and carpets, jewelry, wrought iron, and many other items. Also, get some souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

20. Ifrane (from USD 136.0)

Do not miss visiting Ifrane when touring Morocco. This mesmerizing town in the Middle Atlas Mountains is famous for the ski slopes and forests that are in the vicinity. So, if you are longing to ski, Ifrane is the best tourist hotspot in Morocco to explore. You are sure to admire the alpine-style architecture of this town. Another well-known landmark of Ifrane is a lion’s stone statue near Parc la Prairie. To the west of this amazing town, you will find Ifrane National Park which is home to the rare Barbary macaques and is blessed by Atlas cedar forests.

Fes to Ifrane Private Day Tour

Duration: 10 to 12 hours

21. High Atlas (from USD 802.0)

High Atlas, also famous as the Grand Atlas, is an incredible mountain range adorning central Morocco. It is the highest mountain range in North Africa and includes Jbel Toubkal. High Atlas is popular as a trekker’s paradise right from spring through to pleasant autumn. So, if you love trekking, do not miss exploring this jaw-dropping mountain range by going on a trekking excursion here. Enjoy hiking from Imlil Valley and have a savory lunch in Armed Village.

High Atlas Mountain Private Guided Day Tour from Marrakech

Duration: 9 hours

Have a memorable travel experience in North Africa

Morocco is a mesmerizing country that’s full of beautiful attractions, impressive architecture, pleasant nature, and outstanding heritage and culture. Touring through this country is sure to enhance your travel experience. So, think no further, head out to this North African paradise in the coming holidays, and explore all these places to visit in Morocco.

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